Mumbai - Dozens of activists stormed the
Mumbai offices of India's cricket board on Monday to disrupt planned talks on
resuming matches against Pakistan, the latest protest by hard-line Hindu
activists in the city.
Around three dozen supporters of the Shiv
Sena party barged into the headquarters of the Board of Control for Cricket in
India (BCCI) and shouted anti-Pakistan slogans at its president, Shashank
"Six people are being held in custody
and we are registering an offence of rioting," Mumbai Police Deputy
Commissioner Dhananjay Kulkarni said.
"Thirty-five were involved so we are
looking to arrest a few more," he added.
The protesters demanded that Manohar cancel
talks with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan that were
planned in Mumbai on Monday.
Khan arrived in the city on Sunday to
discuss the possibility of an India-Pakistan series, which has run into doubt
over strained relations.
Local media reported that the talks would
instead be held on Tuesday in New Delhi, but there was no official confirmation
from the BCCI.
India and Pakistan have been bitter rivals
since gaining independence from Britain in 1947 and have fought three wars.
The arch-rivals have not played a Test
match since Pakistan toured India in 2007.
Pakistan are due to host India for a full
tour in the United Arab Emirates in December - one of six series the
arch-rivals agreed to play between 2015 and 2023 under an agreement signed last
year - pending New Delhi's clearance.
But relations between the South Asian
nuclear rivals have been strained, with continued border ceasefire violations
from both sides, leading to the cancellation of a meeting between their
security advisers in August.
Monday's protest came a week after Shiv
Sena activists threw ink over the organiser of the launch in Mumbai of a book
by a former Pakistani foreign minister.
The Shiv Sena, a junior partner in a ruling
coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Maharashtra state government,
opposes any dealings with Pakistan because of the 2008 terror attacks which
India blamed on militants from across the border.
Shiva Sena was earlier this month accused
of using threats to force the cancellation of an appearance in Mumbai by
Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali.